Tennis: Andy Murray qualifies for semi-finals of Tour Finals

Britain's Andy Murray returns the ball to Japan's Kei Nishikori during their men's singles match at the ATP World Tour Finals tennis tournament at the O2 Arena in London, Britain,  Nov 16, 2016.
Britain's Andy Murray returns the ball to Japan's Kei Nishikori during their men's singles match at the ATP World Tour Finals tennis tournament at the O2 Arena in London, Britain, Nov 16, 2016.PHOTO: EPA

LONDON (AFP) - Andy Murray booked his place in the semi-finals of the ATP Tour Finals on Friday (Nov 18) as the world number one won the first set of his group stage match against Stan Wawrinka.

Murray needed to take just one set to ensure he made the last four and he won the opener 6-4.

The Wimbledon champion, who had already won his first two matches in this week's event, will top the group and secure a semi-final against Milos Raonic on Saturday if he defeats Wawrinka.

Murray is aiming to win the event to ensure he holds off Novak Djokovic in the race to finish the year on top of the world rankings.